Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire police forces help Met tackle London riots
PUBLISHED: 13:09 09 August 2011
POLICE in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire have both been assisting the Metropolitan Police after riots and looting continued in London and spread to other towns and cities last night (Monday).
Specialist officers from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Civil Contingencies and Public Protection Unit have been deployed to help the Met tackle incidents of criminality across the capital.
Both forces reiterated that despite rumours circulating on social media sites, reports of rioting incidents in either county were incorrect.
In a statement, Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary wants to reassure residents that whilst incidents are taking place in London there have been no linked incidents of criminal disorder in the past 24 hours in the county.
“We have retained all our key operational resources that we use day to day. However the force is well prepared to respond should any instances of violence occur and deal with offenders firmly.
“The county has an impressive CCTV network in operation across every town which can monitor and help deploy resources if ever required.
“The community of Hertfordshire continue to work with the Constabulary at a variety of levels in monitoring the situation and join us in issuing a zero tolerance stance against criminal disorder. Anyone who feels concerned about their community should contact their local neighbourhood team which can found via our website or ring 101.”
A statement by Bedfordshire Police, who deployed extra officers to known hotspot areas last night, said: “Speculation on social media sites that ‘rioting’ had begun in Bedford and Luton was untrue and messages were quickly posted by the Force Communications team via Twitter and Facebook to reassure communities that all was quiet across the county.
“While events are on-going in London and cities elsewhere, Bedfordshire Police has also taken the precautionary measure and requested fuel stations do not to sell jerry cans or containers of fuel.
“Anyone with information that could assist police in their prevention of disorder should call the main switchboard on 01234 841212, text to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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